Living Like On the Banks of Plum Creek ~ Giving

by Merissa on April 28, 2011

in Living Like Little House

I love how I get all these plans and ideas for these articles I want to write, and then all of the sudden something comes along that is so much better. And when I was reading through On the Banks of Plum Creek this afternoon(after I found it in my moving things around mess!) I read through the chapter called "Surprise" and I thought, well, that's what I need to write about today. šŸ™‚

"Everyone stood up to sing and Laura stood up, but she could not sign. Not a sound would come out of her throat. In the whole world, there couldn't be a store so wonderful to look at as that tree. After the singing, Mr. Tower and Mr. Beadle began taking things off it, and reading out names. Mrs. Tower and Mrs. Beadle brought those things down past the benches, and gave them to the person whose name was on them. Everything on that tree was a Christmas present for somebody!

Mrs. Tower stood smiling, holding out the little fur cape and muff. "For me?" Laura said. "For me?" Then every thing else vanished while with both arms she hugged the soft furs to her. She hugged them tighter and tighter, trying to believe they were really hers, that silky-soft little brown cape and the muff.

"What do you say, Laura?" Ma asked, but the Reverend Alden said, "There is no need. The way her eyes are shining is enough." ~ On the Banks of Plum Creek p.255, 256

I loved re-reading this chapter. This tree that they got gifts from, they didn't expect it. It was from many different people. And the gifts they got were things they needed or could use. Nothing big, just small things that made a difference in their lives.

Like I've said before, we as coupon shoppers. We have a big wide open opportunity for us. Not everyone has theĀ abilityĀ to collect or print coupons or take time to make a grocery list and find the best deals. And we may not be rich by any means but we still get this incredible opportunity to be able to share and bless someone else's life with this shopping talent that we have! You think of using your gifts or your talents when you paint a pretty picture for people to look at, or you bake aĀ fantasticĀ loaf of bread for your neighbors. But couponing, that's a talent too! It takes work andĀ persistenceĀ to shop sales and get deals like we do. And the best part is, we can share our gift with others. Maybe we can't teach everyone how to shop the way we do but...

Every week there is bound to be something free. At a grocery store, at a discount store, somewhere, anywhere! I'm guessing many of those free things are things that we won't use. But we have the talent and the opportunity to get those items for free. Then what can we do with them? Give them back to the community.

And that's not saying that you have to give them to a certain charity or a certain food bank. Maybe you have a friend or neighbor that can use it. Maybe a family member is in need. I can't tell you how much my family and friends love to "shop" through my stockpile! I know I can't use everything in it, but someone can. And that's why I get those freebies each week. To share my gift, my talent, with those around me.

So that's the though I want to leave you with this week. If you are a regular reader you know that we are currently getting ready for Couponing to Community, a great opportunity, and an easy way to give back. And if you plan on joining in with me and everyone else that will be participating with Couponing for Community, don't forget to read my challenge post also.

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1 Marnie April 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I luv luv luv Little House, even visited Plum Creek! Thanks for the memories! Wanted to remind or alert people the Rapid City dog pound is REALLY in need of Purina food, I’ve seen lots of coupons come thru for this. They will unload for you also!

Thanks for listening, here’s a Blockbuster Express tip: I registered my email at and they gave me a code to get my second movie free, plus their newsletter gives lots of offers, and there is no fee/commitment-an offer any guy would love! Feel free to repost this Merissa!


2 Merissa April 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Thanks Marnie, I’ll put that tip up in a post!


3 Wendy April 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I totally agree as coupon shoppers especially be on the lookout for items that may help out our southern neighbors that received a suprise that no one wants. To be homeless because of a tornado. So please remember our friends down south they really need our help.


4 Merissa April 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Very good point Wendy!


5 Jennifer Prairie July 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Your web site caught my attention. I found it on Pintrest. I have lived thrifty-because of never enough money. So I still study and pinch pennys.
BUT as you can see my last name is Prairie. I have Loved Laura Ingals Little House books and have several of her other books.
And I named my Daughter Laura Elizabeth.
Just wanted to say I have to come back and read more on your site, finding all sorts of good ideas here. Thank you


6 Merissa July 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Welcome! I’m glad you found your way here!


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